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Hot Forté Eyes Divisional Contests

Posted Nov 20, 2016

Veteran Jets Back Finds His Groove, Looks Forward to AFC East Matchups Down the Stretch


Over their past four games, the Jets and veteran RB Matt Forté have averaged 151 yards on the ground and 93 rush yards respectively.

“It’s definitely something to build off of,” said the 30-year-old Forté, who leads the Green & White with 8 total TDs. “There was a couple games where we didn’t do well rushing the ball, so it’s definitely encouraging that we’re improving in that aspect. We just have to improve as a whole offense and score more points.”

Against the Dolphins and the Rams, Forté amassed four carries of 20 yards. He averaged 4.9 yards a rush against LA and 7.7 yards a pop against Miami despite playing behind an offensive line that continues to shuffle the pieces.

“It’s definitely more encouraging. I mean that’s what you want in the run game,” he  said. “ Keep pounding and trying to get more yards per carry. Then later in the game, even sometimes earlier, you try to get one of those big ones where you can get 30 or 40 yards down the field.”

The 6’2”, 218-pound Forté, who has seen his average jump up to 3.9 yards per carry with his recent spike, has 732 yards through 10 games. He is on pace for an 1,170-yard campaign, which would be his third-best total in nine seasons and his fifth 1,000-yard year.

“As a running back, you always want to average 4.0 yards per carry and you always want to get over 1,000 yards as a rusher,” he said. “Going into the next games, four of the last six are divisional games and we want stay competitive and win these divisional games. Playoffs may or may not be in the future, but that doesn’t mean you pack it in and tuck your tail. You have to keep fighting and build for everything that we have. It’s a privilege to play this game and we need to have that mindset.”